India Two dead, five injured, an "odious act" ... What we know about the attack in Drôme

21:40  04 april  2020
21:40  04 april  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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A knife attack which resulted in two dead and five wounded Saturday morning in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, an hour drive South of Lyon, is being treated as a terrorist attack by French authorities.

The attack in broad daylight, which President Emmanuel Macron called " an odious act ", took place with the A man went on a knife rampage in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people in what Castaner, who visited the scene, said two people were killed and five others injured .

The alleged perpetrator presented himself as a Sudanese refugee, and said he was born in 1987. The national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office took up the investigation.

De policiers en combinaison, à Romans-sur-Isère, le 4 avril 2020. © JEFF PACHOUD / AFP Combined police, in Romans-sur-Isère, April 4, 2020.

A man, whose motives are still unclear, killed two people and injured five others in a knife attack this Saturday morning in the center of Romans-sur-Isère, in the Drôme . L'Express provides an update on the ongoing investigation and political reactions.

The facts

Armed with a knife, the alleged perpetrator "went to a tobacconist", whose boss he attacked, said Marie-Hélène Thoraval, mayor of the commune. "His wife intervened and was injured too," she said.

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A man killed two people and injured at least five others – one of them critically – during an attack in a “ We have no idea why he carried out the attack ,” Thoraval said. The two dead were local men We will fully investigate this odious act that has added more grief to our country that has already

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The assailant subsequently "went to another business, a butcher's shop, where he grabbed a new knife", before continuing his deadly hike in the center of this city of 35,000 inhabitants, via the Gailly and Jean-Jaurès places.

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"He entered the shop. He took a knife, jumped over the counter, and planted a customer, then went started running again, "explains Ludovic Breyton, owner of the establishment, where a person was killed. "My wife tried to help the victim, to no avail."

The man then continued his mad rush in the city center, attacking passers-by, especially in front of a bakery. "Those who were unlucky enough to be in his way were attacked," added the mayor.

The second killed was killed when he went out into the street to open his shutters, according to a witness. Julien V. co-managed with his father and his brother the café-theater La Charrette. "All Romanians know them. La Charrette is the place where we go for a drink at Romans when we want to have a good time," said Sandrine Nodon, representative of the merchants' association in the city center

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A knife attack which resulted in two dead and five wounded Saturday morning in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, is being treated as a terrorist attack . Police officers stand in a street in the center of Romans-sur-Isere, France, on April 4, 2020, after a man attacked several people with a knife, killing

Two people were knifed to death and five more were injured in a French town Saturday in what The knife-wielding assailant was apprehended near the scene of the attack in Romans-sur-Isère, south President Emmanuel Macron said the “ odious ” attack adds to the hardships the country is already

L The accused was arrested without resistance very quickly after the fact, shortly after 11 a.m., by one of the numerous police patrols responsible for enforcing containment. According to a police source, he was kneeling, "chanting a prayer in Arabic".

Among the five injured, three seriously affected victims are now "perfectly stable", said the Drôme-Ardèche Private Hospital (HPDA), after having been operated on "for serious vascular wounds" for one, for "a wound thoracic and digestive "for the second and" a thoracic and hepatic wound "for the third.

The attacker

"We do not yet know the motives for this attack," said the town hall. The assailant presented himself as a Sudanese refugee and said he was born in 1987.

He is not known to the police under the identity he gave, according to the same source. The MP Les Républicains de la Drôme, Emmanuelle Anthoine, said on France Info that Ofpra had granted her refugee status.

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THE man accused of killing two and wounding others in a knife attack in France yesterday had reportedly complained about being confined during the coronavirus After attacking at least three people in the shop, he entered a nearby butcher's shop and grabbed another knife, local media said.

Of the five injured , two remain in intensive care but stable, one is recovering in hospital and two have been discharged, according to a source close to the French President Emmanuel Macron used the messaging service Twitter to decry the attack as " an odious act ." The attack came as the country is

According to witnesses cited by France Bleu Drôme Ardèche , the assailant cried "Allah Akbar" while rushing at his victims. He would have asked the police who arrested him to "kill him," according to David Olivier Reverdy, deputy national secretary of Alliance national police. "All the ingredients for a terrorist act are there for us," he added on BFMTV. In the evening this Saturday, the national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office announced that it would take over the investigation.


"All the light will be shed on this odious act", assured the president Emmanuel Macron on Twitter. During a very brief speech on the spot in Romans-sur-Isère, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner declared that "this morning, a man started a terrorist journey, killing two people and wounding five others". But he immediately resumed his remarks to emphasize that it will be up to the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office (PNAT) and "alone" to "decide on the terrorist qualification or not".

Calling the attack an "Islamist attack", Marine Le Pen asked the government, in a tweet, to "absolutely stop emptying prisons and reception centers for asylum seekers".

Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party, wrote on the network: "New attack by an Islamist fanatic in Romans-sur-Isère. Thought for families, thanks to the police. Disgust for the cowards who kill thinking of running away. " "In the midst of a health crisis, the knife attacks continue: barbarism and cowardice to the end," tweeted LR president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional council, Laurent Wauquiez.

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